Councillors call for 'community toilet' scheme for Keynsham

June 04 2018
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Keynsham Town Council is being asked to back a “community toilet” scheme to increase the number of public conveniences available.

Under the plan, participating businesses would allow people to use their toilets during normal working hours without the need to make a purchase.

A motion that will be tabled at the council’s June meeting says: “Such a scheme will be of benefit to the public, help make Keynsham an even more welcoming place to visit, and encourage footfall and goodwill for local businesses.”

The shops and businesses taking part could be identified by a window sticker or poster and be listed on the town council website, the motion suggests.

“Community toilet” schemes currently operate in a number of other towns and cities, including Frome and Gloucester.

Stefan Edwards, the owner of Temple Street Canteen, said: “We’re always happy to let people use the toilet without any pressure to make a purchase, so would be happy to be included. I know that these kind of schemes have been successful elsewhere.

“Our attitude in business is always to make friends first and make money second and feel that the goodwill is valuable, as someone who uses the loo might come back for a cuppa some other time.”

The motion asking the council to introduce a scheme “to provide clean, safe and, where possible, accessible toilets in convenient locations across Keynsham” will be tabled by Liberal Democrat town councillors David Brassington and Hal MacFie.

The town council will next meet on Tuesday, June 12.